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What to Watch on Saturday: Time-traveling monsters and SNL premiere

It's not a bad night to catch up on fall premieres you may have missed earlier in the week. CBS is repeating "Person of Interest" (8pm) and "Unforgettable" (9pm) and NBC will show "Harry's Law" (8pm) and  "Prime Suspect" (9pm).

HGTV'd (8pm, HGTV) - Carter Oosterhouse transforms a boring bonus room into a hip, 1950s style home theater with a swanky lounge. He gives the space a classic Hollywood style but with high-tech amenities.

Cops (8pm, Fox) - In Boynton Beach, Florida, a cop goes undercover as a hit man and is hired by a woman to murder her husband.

Morlocks (9pm, Syfy) - A movie about a scientist's time-traveling device that sends people into the future, where they come into contact with lethal humanoid monsters that figure out how to travel back to the present. Stars David Hewlett (right).

Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis (9pm, PBS) - Lewis and Hathaway investigate the poisoning at a religious college of an American female bishop, whom they suspect was slain for her progressive views.

Home by Novogratz (9:30pm, HGTV) - The Novogratz duo makes over a retail shop. They include custom birch-wood shelves, light boxes for a brick focal wall, and unique artwork for the lounge area.

Bad Dog! (10pm, Animal Planet) - A dog that won't sit still and an uncharacteristically quick turtle. (A/ Doesn't sound that bad to me; B/ Turtles aren't dogs; C/ I must not understand the premise of this show.)

Saturday Night Live (11:30pm, NBC) - SNL's 37th season opens with host Alec Baldwin and musical guest Radiohead.

What to Watch on Sunday: Seeing North Carolina from above

Aerial America (8pm, Smithsonian) - Tonight's focus is North Carolina and features an aerial tour of the Outer Banks, the mountains, inland forests, and cities. More on the NC episode from the Smithsonian Channel website. Smithsonian Channel is on Time Warner Cable digital channel 1264, DirecTV 565 and 1565, and AT&T U-Verse 118 and 1118.

9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor (9pm, TLC) - The heroic story of Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz, who worked with the Port Authority on the 88th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. On 9/11, they selflessly helped more than 70 people escape before perishing in the collapse of the building. Included is firsthand testimonials from survivors. Narrated by Chris Noth.

Masterpiece Mystery: Inspector Lewis (9pm, UNC-TV) - Lewis and Hathaway investigate a murder that occurred during a reunion at an all-female Oxford college. Complicating matters is the fact that it may be linked to a similar, decade-old incident that also occurred at the college and was also investigated by Lewis.

True Blood (9pm, HBO) - Tonight, Sookie uses her faerie powers to save vampires Eric, Bill and Pam from witch Marnie's latest spell. This show is SO STUPID!! But I keep watching.

All American Handyman (9pm, HGTV) - Season 2 begins tonight with Durham designer Howard Eason competing! Read more about Eason.

Breaking Bad (10pm, AMC) - Skyler comes up with a plan to cure her money-laundering woes, and Hank recruits Walt to help him work out a new Heisenberg theory. But this episode, ladies and gentlemen, belongs to Gus Fring. Tonight, Giancarlo Esposito is even more amazing than his usual level of amazing.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (10pm, HBO) - Larry is haunted by a traumatic childhood experience involving an ice cream truck, which affects his relationship with his new girlfriend (Ana Gasteyer), an important softball game, and his therapy bills. Also, Larry pals around with former baseball player Bill Buckner, who is still dogged by a 1986 World Series gaffe.

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What to Watch on Sunday: Prostitutes, parrots, vampires and aliens


RED FLAG WARNING
: Shark Week begins tonight!
 

Same Name (9pm, CBS) - This might actually be really interesting: Comedian Kathy Griffin trades places with a working mother from Fayetteville, Georgia.

True Blood (9pm, HBO) - Sookie hunts for Jason under a full moon while Arlene and Terry wonder about the cause of a strange fire. Also, Eric gives in to a higher authority and Marnie has contact with her supernatural predecessors.

Masterpiece Mystery: Zen (9pm, UNC-TV) - Zen is assigned to the kidnapping of a wealthy industrialist and political party funder whom the Ministry of Justice wants returned alive at any cost.

Bachelorette: The Men Tell All (9pm, ABC) - Six rejected bachelors gather to confront Ashley and each other, and comment on the behavior of Bentley. I guess that means Bentley was smart enough not to show his face there.

Breaking Bad (10pm, AMC) - Jesse's downward spiral continues and things at his house begin to get out of control. Also, Skyler reluctantly decides she better call Saul for help with the car wash, Marie reverts back to an old habit, and Hank hears from an old friend who needs help.

Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots (10pm, Animal Planet) - A profile of former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss as she tries to maintain legitimate business interests, stay sober, and care for her menagerie of exotic birds.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (10pm, HBO) - Larry challenges the rules of dating and rethinks a decision regarding a new workplace neighbor.

Against the Wall (10pm, Lifetime) - A new pilot about Chicago Internal Affairs detective Abby Kowalski (Rachael Carpani) who investigates crimes in the department. In the opener, Abby, a beat cop, accepts a promotion to detective in IA, which doesn't sit well with her family of cops. Also stars Kathy Baker and Treat Williams. Here's Adrienne's review.

Falling Skies (10pm, TNT) - Weaver turns more and more erratic, stirring up trouble while on a reconnaissance mission with Tom and Hal. Meanwhile, Pope constructs a potent weapon and Anne makes a startling discovery while performing an autopsy on a Skitter cadaver.

Marriage Ref (10pm, NBC) - Maybe worth tuning in for just to hear JB Smoove and Larry Miller goof on the couples' disputes. Rachael Ray is also a judge.

What to Watch on Sunday: Bobby Flay and 'Iron Chef' return to Raleigh

Same Name (9pm, CBS) - A new show in which celebrities swap lives with non-famous people sharing their same name. And yes, there's actually someone else (in Texas) named David Hasselhoff.

Masterpiece Mystery: Zen (9pm, UNC-TV) - Zen investigates the death of a disgraced aristocrat  who either jumped off a bridge or was pushed -- possibly because of his plan to reveal the existence of a shadowy organization called the Cabal -- while balancing the demands of his superiors.

Iron Chef America: Flay vs. Christensen (10pm, Food) - Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen (right) of Poole's Diner battles Bobby Flay. Christensen is the Poole's Diner owner and executive chef. "Iron Chef America" was in Raleigh in 2006 for the Angus Barn's Walter Royal to battle Cat Cora. Royal won handily. 

Breaking Bad (10pm, AMC) - Walt tries to establish a new alliance as he plots his next move. Meanwhile, Skyler urges him to consider a business opportunity that could keep the family safe.

Falling Skies (10pm, TNT) - Suspicions arise that the children's safe haven may not be so safe after all.

Curb Your Enthusiasm (10pm, HBO) - Larry relishes his role as a "social assassin" until it becomes a liability with his friends, on the golf course and at a Palestinian restaurant.

Entourage (10:30pm, HBO) - In the Season 8 premiere, the guys go to extremes to keep Vince away from temptation after he gets out of rehab, but they're also worried about triggering a relapse when he's excited about a lame idea for a movie. Also, Ari pleads with his wife to end their separation, and Eric and Scott court new clients for their fledgling management company. Check out a trailer of the new season and some interview clips.

What to Watch on Sunday: 'Treme' season finale

Masterpiece Mystery - Poirot: Hallowe'en Party (9pm, UNC-TV) - Poirot and Ariadne Oliver investigate the drowning death of a girl at a Halloween party who had claimed to have witnessed a murder years earlier.

Food Network Star (9pm, Food) - Guy Fieri shows up to film a segment of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" with the contestants.

True Blood (9pm, HBO) - Sookie reunites with Tara and seeks a solution to her real estate problem. Also, Bill sends Eric to deal with a local coven of witches whose recent experiments could become a problem for the vampire community.

Treme (10pm, HBO) - The second season ends with Jazz Fest 2007.

The Marriage Ref (10pm, NBC) - The judges on tonight's panel are Tracy Morgan, Regis Philbin, and Susie Essman. The topics include an in-home tavern, sexy attire, and a ponytail collection.

Falling Skies (10pm, TNT) - Tom and his crew undertake a mission to retrieve motorcycles and cautiously allow marauder Pope to join them. But while on the mission, they're attacked by a harrowing entity that may be even more formidable than the Skitters.

Amsale Girls (10pm, WeTV) - Kori has an opportunity to work directly with Amsale, who's feeling pressure to meet expectations for her next collection. Meanwhile, Sam tries to control the chaos when the salon is understaffed on a busy weekend.

Must watch: "Sherlock" repeats on UNC-MX, UNC-TV

This past Sunday night, PBS's "Masterpiece Mystery!" debuted the first installment of their new "Sherlock" mini-series, "Sherlock: A Study in Pink."

Was it good? No, it was brilliant. It was "watch it two times" amazing. Seriously, if you missed it, you must watch this BBC-produced remake when it repeats October 28 and October 30. It's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as you've never seen them. Plus, how can you not watch a show starring someone named Benedict Cumberbatch?

"Sherlock: A Study in Pink" will air on UNC-MX at 9pm on Thursday, October 28. Then in the wee early hours of Saturday morning (2am), it airs on UNC-TV. It's also streaming on the PBS website.

The second installment, "Sherlock: The Blind Banker" will air Sunday night (October 31) at 9pm, and the final installment, "Sherlock: The Great Game" will air on November 7 at 9pm, all on UNC-TV (here's the full UNC-TV schedule).

What to Watch on Sunday: NASCAR VP goes undercover

Bermuda Triangle Exposed (8pm, TLC) - A TLC special explores what's beneath the Bermuda Triangle. Then at 9pm, "Return to the Bermuda Triangle" gives another look at the mysterious area in the Atlantic Ocean where a number of boats and aircraft have purportedly disappeared without a trace. This one includes footage ofa  dive expedition in the area.

Undercover Boss (9pm, CBS) - NASCAR senior vice president Steve Phelps (left) works undercover with a pit crew and with a ground's crew preparing for the Daytona 500. Here's more on Phelps' appearance on the show from Sporting News.

Sherlock: A Study in Pink (9pm, UNC-TV) - This witty "Masterpiece Mystery" series reimagines the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sleuth as a "high-functioning sociopath" (Benedict Cumberbatch) in modern-day London who draws Afghanistan war vet Watson (Martin Freeman) into his orbit when they're paired together as potential flatmates by a mutual acquaintance. The pair's first case involves suicides that stump Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) and a mysterious man who calls himself Sherlock's "arch-enemy."

Dexter (9pm, Showtime) - Dexter must deal with his unwanted conspirator while wondering if Rita's death and Harrison's exposure to it may have had a subconscious impact on the infant. Meanwhile, Quinn's suspension frees him up to look further into Dexter's background and possible involvement with the Trinity Killer case.

Boardwalk Empire (9pm, HBO) - Nucky blames a recent robbery on the boardwalk on Lucky Luciano, who is also accused by Arnold Rothstein of being distracted from his current assignment. Also, Margaret benefits from her new relationship with Nucky, and Jimmy hatches a plan to give Johnny Torrio the upper hand in his escalating feud with Charlie Sheridan over Chicago's Greektown.

Luther (10pm, BBC America) - I hope everyone is watching this riveting British crime series (only six episodes) starring Idris Elba. Tonight, a sniper is targeting police officers, but his motive is unclear. Also, Alice reveals what she knows about Madsen's arrest and threatens to let Zoe in on Luther's secret.

Bored to Death (10pm, HBO) - A poet-limo driver and his wife need Jonathan's help to shore up their relationship, and newly successful Ray (Zach Galifianakis) has a meeting with Kevin Bacon.

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